How has your weekend been? Hopefully full of good times and even better runs!
My weekend has gone well...if you follow me on social media platforms, I posted last night that Darcy and I attended the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township's annual gala. Darcy is on the Board of Directors of this great organization, and as always we had a great time. I even won a couple silent auction events!
At the same time, a couple of things friends of mine did this weekend really made me step back and make a few decisions. First, my friend Brent, who I had a good time with running the Viking Half Marathon back in March, emailed me that he had finished his final 20-miler in preparation for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis on Dec. 5. He has been very happy with his training and hopes to maybe run 3:30 on race day.
As I'm typing this, two of my other friends, Wally and Larissa -- who, by the way, will be guests on a really epic podcast in the near future -- are lining up to run the Rock N Roll Las Vegas half marathon.
What does that have to do with me? I was registered to run both of those events with them, and unfortunately I will be doing neither. I know, circumstances got in the way of both of those things, but that doesn't mean I can't be disappointed, and I am.
So, it's left me thinking...it's been 80 days since my accident, and it's time to get back to work. I've been in recovery mode long enough, and it's time to try to get back to normal. In many ways "normal" is still a ways off because it will be a long time before I regain full function in my arm, but I have to kind of stop using my accident as an excuse for my sins.
I know, I'm being too hard on myself, aren't I? I did suffer a major trauma, one that did a real number on my body, so a recovery period is necessary. And it was hard, for several weeks I was in considerable discomfort and pain, I had trouble sleeping and just overall felt terribly crappy.
That part I accept, but what I'm disappointed about is that I used it as a reason to slip into some bad habits. I didn't really eat all that well, didn't drink much water and threw down a TON of energy drinks (Monster is a vice of mine). While I did some fun things and got some runs in, especially on our trip to Italy, I also blew off a lot of good running days too.
The thing that upsets me the most? I've gained 15 pounds! I had been doing well over the summer, losing 20 pounds in the course of a few months, so I'm kind of back where I started.
Oh well, because tomorrow is a new day, right? It's just time to go back to what was working in the summer: eating right, hydrating, logging steps on my Fitbit, and of course, lots of running! I have a couple of races scheduled in the next couple of weeks, of course, and in the end, if I can tack on some mileage on my long runs over the next few weeks, I'll be back to where I was at the end of 2014, and that was a great start to 2015.
This is a good time to get going again, I've set a couple of goals and physically I'm feeling better. I'm pretty much off the Norco pain meds I was taking, whose side effects had a lot to do with my feeling crappy, and I know that will make a big difference too.
It's also pretty important to get back on the stick with the holiday season beginning as well. If you don't keep yourself in line over the next few weeks, it can get out of hand in a hurry!
With six weeks of 2015 left, I'm not expecting this massive, Biggest Loser-type transformation, but I'd be happy if I could get half of what I put on back. At least that's my goal!
I know that usually I'm very positive in this space, but right now I felt that I needed a bit of a butt-kicking, and figured I'd hold myself more accountable if I put it out there publicly. So here it is! More than anything, I just want to finish the year on a positive note.
Do you feel like you need to challenge yourself? What is one goal you have for the rest of 2015?